->''"Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different."''

Sir Ian Murray [=McKellen=] [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born May 25, 1939) is a [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearean actor]], widely known for his roles as Gandalf in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy and ''Film/TheHobbit'', ''and'' [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Magneto]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' ([[http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_le5ts5f9kq1qfti5wo1_500.jpg get over it]]), as well as the title character in his 1995 SettingUpdate adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Film/RichardIII''. He also lent his voice to [[Film/TheGoldenCompass a certain polar bear]], and the Great Intelligence in the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasSpecial. He starred with Creator/DerekJacobi in a series called ''{{Series/Vicious}}'', a gay DomCom about [[GrowOldWithMe a long-partnered male couple]].

He's also openly gay and an ardent supporter of gay rights, [[AvertedTrope averting]] NobodyOver50IsGay. He came out to the public in a BBC radio interview when the British government tried to push through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 Section 28]], a law that would have prohibited schools from even mentioning homosexuality in any sort of context to students. He notes that, although he'd been out to family, friends, and coworkers, coming out to the general public made him realize that he could suddenly access a new depth of emotion in his acting.

He's also authorized to perform marriages, as he officiated the September 2013 wedding of his friend Creator/PatrickStewart to Sunny Ozell.



* 1983 ''Film/TheKeep'' as Dr. Theodore Cuza
* 1993 ''Film/LastActionHero'' as [[Film/TheSeventhSeal Death]]
* 1993 ''Theatre/SixDegreesOfSeparation'' as Geoffrey
* 1994 ''Film/TheShadow'' as Dr. Reinhardt Lane
* 1995 ''Film/RichardIII'' as Richard III
* 1996 ''[[RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]]'' as Czar Nicholas II
* 1998 ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'' as James Whale
* 1998 ''Film/AptPupil'' as Kurt Dussander
* 2000 – 2006; 2013 – 2014 ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' as [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesMagneto Magneto]]
** 2000 ''Film/XMen1''
** 2002 ''Film/X2XMenUnited''
** 2006 ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''
** 2013 ''Film/TheWolverine''
** 2014 ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''
* 2001 – 2003 ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' as Gandalf
** 2001 ''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring''
** 2002 ''The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers''
** 2003 ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King''
* 2005 ''Film/{{Neverwas}}'' as Gabriel Finch
* 2006 ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' as Sir Leigh Teabing
* 2007 ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' as Iorek Byrnison (voice)
* 2012 – 2014 ''Film/TheHobbit'' as Gandalf
** 2012 ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney''
** 2013 ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug''
** 2014 ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies''
* 2015 ''Film/MrHolmes'' as Franchise/SherlockHolmes
* 2017 ''Film/{{Beauty and the Beast|2017}}'' as Cogsworth


* 2006 ''Series/{{Extras}}'' as Ian [=McKellen=]
* 2009 ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'' as 2
* 2013+ ''Series/{{Vicious}}'' as Freddie Thornhill

!!Tropes associated with his work:
* ActorAllusion: [[invoked]] His appearance on ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' had constant references to his role in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* CoolOldGuy: Only someone as cool as Ian [=McKellen=] could pull off roles like Gandalf and Magneto. Also, the man himself is OneOfUs and by his own admission, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS0WvzRVByg just loves and can't stop singing George Ezra!]]
* DeadpanSnarker: In the classic British fashion, his characters tend to be given the wittiests lines. His friends and coworkers all attest that [=McKellen=] himself has an ''extremely'' dry sense of humor.
* EnforcedMethodActing: [[invoked]] He hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' and in one sketch played Dame Maggie Smith, being interviewed on Weekend Update. At one point he asked Jimmy Fallon, "Kiss for luck?" Fallon leaned over, clearly expecting a peck on the cheek. Ian grabbed him and gave him an open-mouthed smooch right on the lips, leaving Fallon visibly stunned. It was ''hilarious.''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Sir Creator/PatrickStewart. Seriously, they're ''adorable'' together.
* LargeHam: Just check him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhEL0ioJwKQ#t=1m58s giving instructions on]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome changing a flat tire]].
* MetaCasting: In ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'', he played James Whale, the director of ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', who was homosexual like [=McKellen=].
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Creator/SylvesterMcCoy. They first worked togethered in ''King Lear'' and then in ''The Hobbit''.

--> [[https://www.twitter.com/IanMcKellen/status/823978367590416384 ‘I get mistaken for Sir Michael Gambon’]]...